The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots 2012 (?) Warner Bros.
Admittedly, I was late arriving to the Flaming Lips party. Early last year, I stumbled upon some of the bands dreamy musings and clever employment of studio gadgetry through my personalized Can station on Pandora. Since then, I’ve been present for the Lips’ revealing of both The Terror and Peace Sword, and realized that the shindig was still swinging with no abandon.
This record, their 10th release and at the centrum of their career, is coherently wistful, blissful, and celestial. It plays like a contemporary take on The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour. While the lads from Liverpool offered the instrumental “Flying”, these Okies serve up “Approaching Aponis Mons By Balloon”. Whereas John Lennon insisted that “All You Need Is Love”, Lips’ frontman/vocalist Wayne Coyne retorts “All We Have Is Now”. In terms of poetic chops, some might scoff at the notion that Coyne is even fit to shine Lennon’s chelsea boots. On musical vision and conceptual ambition, there’s no denying Coyne et al stand tall on the intergalactic turf they inhabit. While Coyne initially disputed the “concept album” label, Yoshimi has since been brought to the musical theater stage, debuting at the LaJolla Playhouse (CA) in November 2012.